Monday, August 22, 2011

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (aka the worst film title of the year) is an incredibly fascinating film by director Rupert Wyatt. The script is lean and well organized, as the sequence of the events build up to each other perfectly without any unnecessary plot details. The visual effects work really was exceptional, as we were able to really get into the soul of Cesar and the other apes. As a result, the film was deeply unnerving at times, as the apes were so human-like, but with the frightening beastly power of apes. I really appreciated that the filmmakers choice to be so conservative with the ape attacks (there were no bloody human back-breaking scenes for example) as it really allows you to remain sympathetic with the liberation element of the story.


  1. Great Review! I wasn't actually expecting to be as moved as I did from this material but Serkis just really channeled the inner ape within him, and nails this perfect motion-capture performance as Caesar. I also sure as hell hope that he doesn't get snubbed as well. He already did for LOTR!

  2. Andy Serkis is really great, isn't he? This movie was such a surprise. I would never have expected it to be this good.

  3. I thought the same about the title, but I was really surprised by this one. I expected it to fail so hard from the previews but it was actually one of the best I've seen in theaters in a while!

  4. This was one of the best blockbusters out there this year and really enjoyed it. I was expecting it to be bloodier, but was happy it wasn´t as they showed a lot out of frame.

    Completely agree on the title, have made many jokes about this at work with some colleagues..